Award-winning journalist Jeff Sharlet, author of "The Family," and political scientist and author Robert Sharlet, join Thorne Dreyer on Rag Radio -- in their first-ever father-son interview.
Robert Sharlet and Jeff Sharlet are co-authoring a memoir about Bob's late brother -- also named Jeff Sharlet -- who was a Vietnam GI and a leader of GI protest against the war. Jeff was founder and editor of Vietnam GI, the first antiwar underground paper written by and for GI's. Bob Sharlet also writes a biweekly blog, Searching for Jeff.
Jeff Sharlet, who wrote the bestselling expose, "The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power," which spent 26 weeks on the New York Times nonfiction list, was the winner of the Texas Observer's 2011 Molly National Journalism Prize for his article, "Straight Man's Burden: The American roots of Uganda's anti-gay persecutions," published in Harper's Magazine. The Molly Award recognizes "superior journalism in the tradition of Molly Ivins." Jeff's most recent book is "Sweet Heaven When I Die." Sharlet is a contributing editor to Harper's magazine and Rolling Stone, and is the Mellon Assistant Professor of English at Dartmouth.
Barbara Ehrenreich described "The Family" as "one of the most compelling and brilliantly researched exposes you'll ever read," while Ann Coulter called Sharlet "one of the stupidest journalists in America."
Robert Sharlet, who is Jeff Sharlet's father, is a retired Union College professor of political science who specialized in Russian and post-Soviet law and politics. He served as a consultant to the State Department and the CIA, was Amnesty International's East European Coordinator, working on behalf of a number of "prisoners of conscience," and was senior coordinator of the Rule of Law Consortium under the auspices of the U.S. Agency for International Development.
After retirement, Bob moved on to full-time research at Union College as the Chauncey Winters Research Professor of Political Science. Sharlet, who once was featured in Esquire magazine as one of 50 "super-profs" of academe, is now researching the domestic impact of the Cold War in the U.S.
Host and Producer of Rag Radio: Thorne Dreyer; Engineer and Co-Producer: Tracey Schulz; Apprentice: Ken Martin; Photographer: Roger Baker. Rag Radio (koop.org/ragradio) is produced in the studios of KOOP 91.7-FM, an all-volunteer, cooperatively-run community radio station in Austin, Texas, in association with The Rag Blog (TheRagBlog.com) and the New Journalism Project, a Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The show is broadcast (and streamed) live Fridays, 2-3 p.m. (Central) on KOOP, and is rebroadcast and streamed on WFTE-FM in Mt. Cobb and Scranton, PA., Sundays at 10 a.m. (Eastern time) and on Houston Pacifica's KPFT HD-3 90.1 on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. (Central). Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Running time: 55:52.